[REVIEW] 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives
Feizal Samath, Colombo, March 9, 2017
5.8 Undersea Restaurant draws its name from its location at Hurawalhi Island Resort, where it sits 5.8m below sea level. Its unusual concept and location naturally lend a luxurious vibe to any private events without requiring further embellishment, and is a dream venue for planners with deep pockets.
Concept: 5.8 Undersea Restaurant is an all-glass structure made in New Zealand. Transporting it over to the Maldives for construction was an enormous feat that, fortunately, ended well. Furnishing takes on a blue theme that blends nicely with the bright turquoise blue ocean waters, and the overal vibe is elegant. While the experience of dining underwater, with a variety of sea life swimming beyond the glass walls, is the real selling point here, diners will not find themselves let down by the food. 5.8 Undersea Restaurant serves the world’s best wines and the freshest sea harvests
MICE application: Private events are welcome and the unique restaurant has attracted extensive attention from the corporate side. Recent examples of private events held here include the board meeting of TMA, the Maldives main air transportation company, and an exclusive dinner hosted by the president of the Maldives. Expect to pay US$150 per pax for lunch and US$280 for dinner. Full venue hire comes with a separate fee of US$2,400 for lunch and US$4,480 for dinner. Wine pairing menus can be arranged.
Service: Every dish brought to the table came with a detailed introduction by the chef and his team. While service attention is prompt, it is not intrusive.